Ep 23: The Eamonn Mallie Podcast: Peter Hain – Former cabinet minister in Blair and Brown governments

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In this episode Eamonn is joined by Peter Hain, former Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland to discuss: legacy and pension payments for victims of the Northern Ireland Troubles, the current British government’s Covid-19 response, the recent race protests in the USA and Donald Trump.

Peter was Labour MP for Neath between 1991 and 2015. He was a senior minister for twelve years in the Tony Blair and Gordon Brown governments, where he served as Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and as Leader of the Commons.


He was also Europe Minister, Foreign Minister and Energy Minister. He chaired the UN Security Council, and negotiated international treaties curbing nuclear proliferation and banning the conflict-inducing trade in blood diamonds.

Peter Hain with Nelson Mandela

Peter Hain with Nelson Mandela

Peter Hain’s childhood was spent in apartheid South Africa, a period that came to an end when his parents were forced into exile in 1966.

A leader of the Anti-Apartheid Movement and the Anti-Nazi League in Britain during the 1970s and 1980s, he obtained degrees at Queen Mary College, London, and Sussex University.

Peter Hain with sons, Sam and Jake. © Johncom.

You can also watch Eamonn in conversation with Peter below:


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Eamonn Mallie

I am a regular contributor to discussion programmes on TV and radio both at home and abroad. An experienced political editor and author specialising in Politics, Security and 20th Century Art.

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